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Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Musikverein, December 7, 1960

Soloists: Gulda, Friedrich (piano)
Other Performances:
Vienna, Wiener Musikverein: December 8, 9, 10 and 11, 1960
Gluck: Alceste overture | Bach: Keyboard concerto E-major | Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

In December 1960 Christoph von Dohnányi made his debut with the Wiener Symphoniker at the city’s fabled Musikverein, and with one of the most identifiably Viennese musicians of his day, the pianist Friedrich Gulda. The main work in the programme could also be said to belong to the city – Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony, which received its first (hardly successful) performance in the same hall, just under 80 years previously. In the first half, Gulda played the E major concerto of his beloved Bach, and the concert opened with the overture to Alceste, which Gluck had composed for Vienna’s Burgtheater in 1767.